Today’s Headlines

  • Controversy grows over the Obama administration’s ill-starred attempt to count jobs created or saved by the economic stimulus law, including transport projects (Bloomberg, NYT Blog)
  • Nominee for Amtrak’s board of directors says the train network needs better financial management (NorthJersey.com)
  • Green transportation analyst: Let’s redirect unused infrastructure stimulus money to transit (Det. News)
  • Untapped demand leading to transit growth in unlikely places (Planetizen)
  • When you hear members of Congress say that U.S. emissions limits can’t come without China changing its ways … well, we’re a notable contributor to their higher pollution levels (WSJ Blog)
  • Asphalt and concrete makers join the groups pushing for quick passage of a new long-term federal infrastructure bill (Dow Jones)

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Killing the Myth of the ‘More Shovel-Ready’ Road Stimulus

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Tonight: PBS on Transit, States, and the Stimulus

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Streetsbloggers will want to tune in to PBS tonight for the latest installment in the Blueprint America series. At 8:30 (in New York), NOW will look at where all that stimulus cash is headed. Here’s the teaser: President Barack Obama’s stimulus money is nearly out the door and on its way to the states, but […]